Potty help

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ambie719's picture
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Potty help

I need some advice/tips/tricks from those of you who have either potty trained your older kids or your 2 year olds. DH really wants Mason to start potty training, which of course means I have to do all the work, and I have no idea how to even start! :dontknow: We have a potty, I've sat him on it, I've explained what to do, every time I change his diaper I mention the potty, he sees me and DH go, but still we have had no potty action. We bought him some underwear (which are strangely cute btw) and I'm thinking we'll just have to dive in headfirst. I was thinking of putting him straight in his undies and putting him on the potty like every half hour, but is that too much to start with?

So what has worked for all of you? I just have no idea how to get this ball rolling...:help:

Joined: 09/05/08
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I just kept asking Cooper if he wanted to go sit on the potty. Most of the time the answer was no. We are by no means anywhere close to being PT, although this week he seems much more receptive to sitting on it, and has gone quite a few times. He gets an M&M if he pees. We put the potty seat, little bucket, and cushy seat on the big toilet seat, he seems to like that better than sitting on the floor. Then he uses the potty as a step stool.

I did try to bring the whole thing out to the living room, but that doesn't really work with a mobile younger sibling! I had to put it away when my 1 year old niece came over Smile Plus he'd rather be up on the big toilet.

I'm not a pusher, so if he doesn't want to go, I don't make him. I tend to get frustrated easily too, so if he's fooling around(like playing with the empty toilet paper roll, or getting up for whatever reason), I just take him out of there.

ambie719's picture
Joined: 10/03/07
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See we have a Toy Story potty that makes a cheering noise when you "flush" it, so he asks to sit on the potty all the time and just plays with the handle but never actually pees or poops. And as inconvenient as it would be to have the potty in the living with Isaac crawling around, he is going through a major separation anxiety phase so the bathroom would be worse because he would follow us down the hall crying and try to climb up on me and get into the toilet.

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Joined: 09/11/03
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The only thing I did consistent with each child before doing the actual potty training was to make sure they were good and use to the potty. We watched lots of potty videos and read potty books. With my boys I did naked time (works best if you are having awesome weather and can go outside which we are NOT having). They got the hang of it almost immediately. Eli was fully trained within 48 hours. Dakota was good as long as you kept him naked on the bottom. It took 3 months to get pants on him. This did NOT work with Faith. I'm not sure if it's because Faith is a girl, she was a year younger, just because she's a different kid or combo of those. I suspect a combo. With Faith I had to give her control and gave her a doll to potty train. If DH is "against" his boy having a doll (lol) you could use a stuffed animal. HTH

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Joined: 09/18/08
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I'm planning on doing a potty boot camp soon. Hopefully it is effective. At this point I am just being lazy but I can't have 3 in diapers.